Robert Savoca Sensei is a 6th Dan teacher in Birankai and one of T.K. Chiba Shihan’s successors. This interview was conducted on Saturday, February 2, 2019 during Savoca Sensei’s seminar at Wroclaw Aikikai, Poland.(more…)
Piotr Masztalerz studies Aikido since 1988. He’s a 6 Dan Aikido Birankai Shidoin based in Poland. For those who don’t know Birankai is an association of Aikido Practitioners and Dojos founded by T. K. Chiba Shihan, forged by rigorous training, tempered by mutual respect, and committed to the relentless pursuit of the art.
Kenji Tomiki was born on March 15, 1900 in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture. He began to learn under the Morihei Ueshiba in 1926 and was also a Jigoro Kanos (a founder of the Judo) student. He managed to get 8 Dan at Aikido in 1940 (and 8 Dan at Judo in 1978). He taught both of them in Waseda University, Tokyo and this is when he started a development of his own Aikido theories which crossed with what Aikikai was about to become. (more…)
Nebi Vural Sensei was born on 29 September 1951 year near the Kars city, Turkey. At the age of 15 he started his martial arts way with the karate in Ankara. He practiced karate for 7 years and after that he learned judo and jujutsu also until he went to France to get his higher education. (more…)
Joe Thambu was born on 24 March, 1961 in Seremban, Malaysia. Thamby Rajah, his uncle, was the first Malaysian to grade black belts in Aikido and Judo. At 11 years old he entered uncles dojo which was next door to Joes home and he was practicing almost every day. Internationally famous martial artists were frequent visitors to his uncle’s school like Kenji Shimizu, Donn F. Draeger, Junichiro Yagi and others. (more…)
Juba Nour learned the aikido under the Master Kazuo Chiba, 8th Dan Aikido Aikikai. Starting from 1983 for 4 years he has been an uchideshi, a mostly chosen uke for the demonstrations, a big part of a powerfull show made by Chiba Sensei. (more…)
There is a ton of the warm up wxercises and variations of each one, just like the techniques and the entrances. Changing a speed of the same move can make you feel different. No matter where you do aikido – a class is going to start from a warm up most of the times. Warm up exercises are usually the simple ones to do. They are about stretching, breathing, unlocking your joints and preparing your body for a harder work. You are trying to get a detailed feeling of these little parts of your body, preparing your mind also and concentrating on the present moment. These simple moves will tell you how hard are you able to go this time. You must try to remember this every time you start a warm up. It’s not only a tradition.
Tameshigiri (試し斬) is a targeted cutting with a sword test. During tameshigiri a swordsman skill is testing these days. Different materials are used to test. Mostly rice straw (wara), top layer of tatami mats (goza), bamboo and much more.